I was at Menard’s last week picking up some random stuff when I noticed that they’d put out the diecast for the holiday season. I was pleased that there were 1:24 Maistos instead of the no-name “1:24” (they’re a little undersize) diecasts they’d had in past years. I spotted this Corvette and had some mixed feelings. On the one hand: blue! On the other hand, I’m not sold on the wheels and the big speakers in the doors. I picked it up, then put it down and started to walk away, then realized I’d regret it if I left it there. I’ve had some time to think about it, and decided the pros outweighed the cons, so I DLMed it today.
The obvious comparisons are between my for this car are the Jada C3 and my Maisto 1:18 C7 very similar to the one which Dala Hobbies reviewed (mine is red and has different wheels). The Jada was $15 at Target and the Maisto C7 was about $15 at Costco. I paid for $18 for this model. Obviously it’s not entirely fair to compare the 1:24 and 1:18 Maistos, but there are a few points that I thought were interesting.
The most noticeable thing about this model is the paint. I love blue cars and honestly that’s what tipped me over to the “buy it” side of the fence. If you like Cool Classics, you should like this. It’s a lovely color, but the frosted finish makes it kind of hard to capture in pictures (although I think I tweaked the levels enough that these are a decent representation). The downside of the frost paint is that it kind of shows up some flaws that might go unnoticed otherwise (there’s a weird crease in the driver’s side fender that you can see in the lead pic).
The other thing I noticed right away was the wheels. I have mixed feelings about the Pro Street look. On the one hand, I have lots of 1:64 Pro Street type cars and if it’s a car that I like, the more versions the merrier. On the other hand, if I’m going to pony up for a larger scale car, I would rather have it looks more or less stock or just go for straight-up race car. The Jada wins in this category with a mostly stock look with blacked-out wheels and a front splitter. I generally like my cars to have wheels that look like they could go over a small bump without trashing the rim.
That being said, Maisto did a really good job with these wheels. The brakes are set a little too far inboard, but I think that’s just going to happen at this scale. They actually look slightly better than the brakes on the Maisto 1:18, which are definitely set too far in. Also, where the 1:18 has fixed rotors, the rotors on this one actually rotate with the wheels (no suspension or steering on this one, though, so there’s the trade-offs). Obviously, this has some ramifications for how smoothly they roll, but it’s not too bad (there’s some sound when you spin the wheels). The calipers look good and have Brembo logo tampos.
Features are about what you’d expect for 1:24 at this price point: opening doors, opening hood. I think it’s had an engine swap, guys. The engine bay is one piece of plastic painted in various colors. It honestly looks kinda cheap and reminds me of those painted glass Christmas ornament, if that makes any sense (I think it’s something about the way the other colors go on top of the chrome with a little bit of bleed and the shape is just a tad blobby in places).
The fit on the doors and hood could be a little better. It’s not terrible, but neither door lines up as well as I could hope, made more obvious by the cove (which is a separate piece of plastic), and the hood/body gap is a little big at the front. I was frankly a bit surprised, but the Jada has better fit in this department, not to mention the C7.
As I mentioned, I’m not a huge fan of the big old speakers in the door, but whatever.
The interior is nicely detailed, although I have few quibbles. The steering wheel and dash knobs are comically oversize (technically, the diameter of the steering wheel isn’t bad, but it’s way too thick). In addition, the steering wheel is literally resting on the driver’s seat (the slot in the dash for the steering column looks like it could accommodate a higher position, so I’m not sure what’s going on there). All that aside, there are some nice touches. I really like the fire extinguisher, the gauges are decent (although the speedo seems to be stuck at 30mph) and there are even logos on the floor mats (can’t see them from the angle that I took the picture).
Front looks pretty good. Yeah, the headlights don’t really need to be connected to the turn signals (which have apparently been chromed over), but it’s pretty subtle and kind of to be expected at this scale and price point. The space behind the grill is actually open to the interior instead of just black plastic or something, which gives a nice sense of depth, but can look a little funny from certain angles.
Back end also looks fine, although I really wish they’d colored the tail lights. The front and back emblem tampos are nice and crisp (better than they look in the potato pics.
Bottom is fine. Although I like it when diecast have detailed undersides, it’s more of a hidden bonus in my book. I rarely display my cars upside down.
Bottom line: Pretty good value for the money (I paid $18, it’s $20 list price). Aside from minor fit issues, it’s solidly put together despite a fairly high part count (at least 50 individual parts according to my count). Whether you should buy it probably depends on your feelings about Corvettes, Pro Street styling, and the color blue.